Above Images: Appleby, circa 1996 Right; AP to age 30
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: August 21, 1996 from Moline, Illinois
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: September 4, 1984
Weight: 75 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Blue/Green
Clothing: Black bicycle stretch shorts, white socks
and blue deck shoes.
NCIC Number: M-956021571
Case Number: NCMC822441
Details of Disappearance
Authorities believe that Appleby may have known the vehicle's driver. Her family's residence was located off of the main road and was not visible from the street.
She took a swimsuit and a towel before departing from her home. She left approximately $200 behind, which her father said she saved for an upcoming vacation. Appleby's parents believe that David Whipple, the father of one of her friends, was involved in her case. He was convicted of child molestation charges after Appleby vanished. Whipple took several of his family members to Credit Island near Davenport, Iowa on August 21. Appleby frequently accompanied Whipple's relatives to the river.
Appleby's father departed from their family's residence to report to work at approximately 9:00 AM on August 21, 1996 in Moline, Illinois. A neighbor saw Appleby enter a silver or gray box-style vehicle near their home at approximately 10:30 AM. The driver of the vehicle is described as being his twenties at the time with curly brown hair. The suspect was wearing a baseball cap. Neither Appleby nor her suspected abductor have been seen again.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Moline Police Department
Federal Bureau Of Investigation
Washington DC Office
National Center For Missing and Exploited Children